Oui Wine Bat at SE Wine Collective is part of a unique multi-faceted urban winery designed to bring together like-minded wineries that are sustainably growing their businesses by establishing a venue for commercial custom crush wine production. Oui Wine Bar offers visitors a chance to enjoy tastes, glass pours and carafes of wines on tap from ten resident artisanal wine producers. They have inspirational wines from all over the world, as well as amazing food to complement the wines. The food menu is created by the spectacular Chef Althea Potter. She sources almost all of her ingredients from local farms including the Beginning Urban Farmers program. To see what kind of special events they offer each month be sure to check their online calendar. They offer dinners, brunches, and much more.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Oui Wine Bar is a small intimate setting for a lovely date night.
Meagan's expert tip: Check the winery calendar often for guest winemaker evenings, wine focused classes, dinners, brunches, as well as special events.
Radar is a one-of-a-kind neighborhood candlelit restaurant run by a husband and wife team. They've created a warm and inviting place to dine, especially enjoyable on a crisp fall day. The menu is ideal for sharing with a variety of small plates and larger plate options. Small plates offer selections like deviled eggs, three ways. Large plates like the chicken fried McFarland Springs trout with celeriac remoulade, lettuce, radish, shallots, tarragon aioli, and trout chicharrones are a heaping portion. Pair your dinner with a cocktail like the Night Owl made with bourbon, Coconib Ramazzootti, and toasted pecan bitters. Savor it, as it gets better with each sip. An indulgent brunch is available on weekends only.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Radar offers a romantic atmosphere and wonderful food perfect for date night.
Meagan's expert tip: Kick off your meal with one of their signature cocktails like the Night Owl created by acclaimed bartender Alex Day specifically for Radar.
Raven and Rose is a gastropub in downtown Portland dishing up some of the area's best comfort food inspired by the British Isles. Owner Lisa Mygrant's time spent living, cooking and learning in England and Ireland has inspired both the atmosphere and cuisine at Raven & Rose. Using organic local ingredients to create dishes in-house, daily and by hand like fresh pasta, pastries, crackers, soups and sauces. They even butcher steaks, roasts, rabbits, birds, and fish in-house every day. In the bar, they hand-squeeze all of the juice each day and make their own syrups, cordials and tinctures. Raven & Rose restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Raven and Rose is an intimate restaurant perfect for a romantic evening out.
Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to order try the fillet of beef, it is superb.
Ox is a delightful Argentine restaurant in North East Portland with a focus on grilled meats locally sourced, cooked over an open fire like Grilled Short Ribs, House Chorizo & Morcilla Sausages, Skirt Steak, and Sweetbreads. All meat orders come with complimentary bread with chimichurri dipping sauce. They also have seasonal fish available. The menu also provides many options for vegetarians including salads, fried potatoes, cauliflower soup, and many more options. It's hard to believe the desserts are just as good as their meats. From the warm hazelnut brown butter torte to the Lemon Brioche bread pudding to their assorted cheese boards it's all wonderful.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Ox is one of the best restaurants in Portland Oregon and it's extremely romantic.
Meagan's expert tip: Try the Asado Argentino dinner for two if you're unsure what to order.
King Tide Fish and Shell is one of the newest seafood restaurants in Portland, located inside RiverPlace hotel with stunning views of the river. King Tide offers classic American seafood classics dishes, like clam chowder and lobster rolls, with a Pacific Northwest twist. Chef Romero is brilliant at layering fresh ingredients to create unique combinations. We recommend the lobster roll, it is to die for, made with a black brioche roll made in house and tinted with squid ink. They have a raw bar with a variety of options including assorted oysters, the flavorful Kampachi Tiradito, and a savory seasonal poke. For non-seafood guests, they have lots of options including an incredible dry-aged ribeye.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: King Tide Fish and Shell offers a romantic fine dining experience with wonderful views of the river.
Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to order ask the waiter about the chef's favorites.
Quaintrelle is a cozy restaurant with exquisite food and their prixe fixe menu is perfect for a romantic date for two. The menu changes seasonally and the ingredients are locally sourced as much as possible. The chef is an absolute whiz with salads and vegetables. For example, they take all the best offerings of the fall season and turn them into exquisite plates like the apples, celery, pine nuts, currants, shiso, and breadcrumbs. Even the appetizers highlight the seasonal harvest like in the fall with choices like sweet potato and broccoli tempura, chili honey, smoked pecorino. Happy hour is available Wednesday - Saturday 5:00-6:30 and Sundays 5:00-9:00.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Quaintrelle is the perfect spot for a intimate date in north Portland, Oregon.
Meagan's expert tip: Kick off your meal with one of their seasonal fried rice dishes. Hopefully they have the lobster fried rice available when you visit.
Mucca Osteria is an intimate Italian eatery in downtown Portland, Oregon. This hidden gem is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner but is often overlooked. The menu here changes seasonally to highlight what's in season through perfectly crafted pasta dishes. Chef Simone Savaiano is a native of Rome and this is reflected in every dish. At Mucca Osteria you will find some of the most authentic Italian cuisine in Portland. Here you can enjoy pasta dishes like Tagliatelle Porcini e Tartufo a housemade egg Tagliatelle pasta with Porcini mushrooms and burgundy truffles or Risotto all' Astice e Bisque alla Franciacorta which is risotto with lobster bisque.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Mucca Osteria is a cozy Italian dining spot in downtown Portland perfect for a date night.
Meagan's expert tip: Try the steak. For an Italian restaurant it is surprising to find one of the best steaks in town.
One restaurant that appears on just about everybody's best-of Portland list is Andina. With the tagline, "A Taste of Peru in the Pearl," Andina has taken traditional South American cuisine to the level of fine art. Located in the heart of Portland's Pearl District, the neighborhood is comprised of boutique shops, art galleries and old industrial buildings converted into high-end lofts. Andina has a formal dining room and a more casual bar featuring live, Latin-influenced music every night of the week. Though Andina is one of the more expensive restaurants in Portland, most diners agree that the food and attentive service is well worth the cost. The tapas menu, happy hour and lunch offerings make sampling Andina food affordable for almost anyone.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Andina is a beautiful lively restaurant that is perfect for romantic night out.
Meagan's expert tip: On weekend nights, public transportation maybe the most convenient way to travel to the Pearl.
Jackrabbit is a gorgeous restaurant inside the lobby of hipster hotel, The Duniway. The head celebrity chef is none other than Top Chef Masters winner Chris Cosentino. Jackrabbit features an extensive raw bar with oysters and clams. The cocktail menu is based around gin with interesting choices like the Homeward Bound cocktail made with gin, lemon, house vanilla, bubbles, and pear puree. The menu also features house-cured meats and dishes that feature Oregon's incredible bounty. Jackrabbit offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. They also offer a daily happy hour from 2 - 5 PM every day. On weekends they have a delicious brunch.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Jackrabbit offers a delightful dining experience for couples in their lavish
Meagan's expert tip: Jackrabbit offers an excellent happy hour everyday from 2 - 5 P.M.
Terrane is a warm inviting Italian restaurant in downtown Portland with an open kitchen where they are hard at work to hit all the seasonal highlights and serve the freshest dishes reflecting cuisine from all over Italy. They make all pasta in house and their pea pasta is phenomenal. Terrane serves Italian wines along with wines from the Pacific Northwest. They even have an exclusive Pinot Noir Sparkling rose by Elk Cove. In addition to wine, they offer creative cocktails and make their own Limoncello. Save room for dessert like the Burrata Cheesecake made with Barolo pears and pistachio shortbread. All of their desserts are just as good as the pasta. Terrane is also open for breakfast and lunch.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Terrane Italian Kitchen & Bar has incredible Italian and the perfect date night atmosphere.
Meagan's expert tip: It's a small restaurant, so make a reservation in advance to ensure you get a table.